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GLG granted Stevia patent in China

A fully owned subsidiary of GLG Life Tech Corp has been granted a patent in China for its stevia extraction process.

Beverage brand loyalty in freefall as consumers turn 'super fickle'

With brand loyalty in the beverage aisles “in freefall” manufacturers have to work harder to excite consumers with new ideas from retro-style acid phosphates to drinking vinegar and Horchata, according...

EFSA confirms access to 1980s aspartame data as it calls for fresh science

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed it has access to 112 studies about aspartame, most of which were conducted in the 1980s, which had been feared lost.

Commission flags up November for EU-wide approval of stevia

November 2011 should see steviol glycosides get regulatory backing for use in food in drink products in the European market, according to a European Commission (EC) representative.

Stevia: Moving beyond the ‘holy grail’ hype

Hype about the promise of stevia created inflated expectations – but the market has evolved in response, according to stevia supplier PureCircle’s vice president of global marketing Jason Hecker.

Coca-Cola snaps up first Bonsucro certified sugarcane

The first products using sustainable sugarcane under a new certification scheme are about to hit the market after the initial batch was purchased by The Coca-Cola Company’s bottling system.

Treatt enters market for stevia flavour improvement

Treatt has launched a blend of natural essences to improve the flavour and mouthfeel of stevia.

PureCircle introduces flavor modifier for sweetness enhancement

Stevia supplier PureCircle has developed a natural flavor modifier that enhances the sweetness of stevia, sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to allow larger calorie reductions, the company has...

Domino Foods enters stevia market in collaboration with Sunwin and Wild

Domino Foods, Wild Flavors and Sunwin International have entered a collaborative agreement to produce naturally-derived sweeteners and sweetening systems, the companies have said.

Tate & Lyle enters exclusive monk fruit sweetener deal with BioVittoria

Tate & Lyle today announced that it has entered a five-year exclusive global marketing and distribution agreement for BioVittoria’s zero-calorie monk fruit sweetener, the company told FoodNavigator-USA.

Cheaper steviol glycosides by fermentation on the horizon

Steviol glycosides produced by fermentation could be on the market in the coming years due to advances made by Swiss company Evolva and Californian R&D partner Abunda Nutrition, which it...

Test for nine different sweeteners adopted as European standard

A single test capable of identifying nine different sweeteners and their dosages in drinks and packaged fruits has become a European standard.

Wild gains Toothfriendly approval for Sunwin Stevia

Wild has obtained “Toothfriendly” certification for its Sunwin Stevia product – the first stevia ingredient to obtain the endorsement.

Fusion introduces ‘sugar alternative’ low-calorie sweetener

Fusion Nutraceuticals has developed a new process for developing granulated zero-calorie sweeteners that better imitate the taste and functionality of sugar with nearly ten times fewer calories, the company has...

Study supports stevia stability and safety in carbonated beverages

Sweetening carbonated beverages with stevia, and reb A in particular, does not produce any steviol aglycone, a potentially toxic compound, says a new study which supports the safety and stability...

Reb C gets FEMA GRAS as sweetness enhancer

Redpoint Bio and International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) have achieved FEMA GRAS status for their Reb C sweetness enhancer, allowing it to be used in a variety of applications in...

Senomyx and Firmenich expand sucrose enhancer deal

Senomyx has expanded its collaborative agreement with Firmenich for the commercial development of sweet enhancers to include its S6973 sucrose enhancer in certain beverages, the company has said.

Two global stevia trade associations launched this week

Suppliers and stakeholders in the stevia industry are organising to maintain standards and pursue scientific enquiry into the use of stevia sweeteners. But two trade organisations have been announced this...

New alliances in preparation for EU stevia approval

DoehlerGroup and PureCircle, Corn Products and Galam, Tereos and PureCircle… This week has seen a new flurry of alliances over stevia sweeteners, as the ingredients sector gets on its...

Stevia pioneer recounts first encounter

Jim May of SweetLeaf tells how he came across the sweet leaves from Paraguay almost three decades before they captured the imagination of the mainstream food industry.

PureCircle gains FDA GRAS for Reb D and F

Major stevia player PureCircle has won a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) letter of no objection from the Food and Drug Administration for a blend it is aiming at products...

Senomyx and PepsiCo negotiating sweet taste technology deal

California-based flavor firm Senomyx has signed a letter agreement with PepsiCo to negotiate a deal for the development and commercialization of new sweet taste technology, Senomyx said on Thursday.

Senomyx and Coca-Cola negotiate new collaboration deal

California-based flavor firm Senomyx has said it has signed a preliminary agreement to extend its research collaboration with the Coca-Cola Company.

Stevia revolution in EU beverage market still a long way off

Data on the market penetration of stevia in beverages outside Europe suggests that anticipated EU approval may be only the first step for the natural sweetener on a long road...

EFSA opinion paves way for EU approval of stevia-based sweeteners

EU approval for natural sweeteners from the stevia leaf has moved one step closer after scientists at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) gave them a clean bill of health.

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